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From the October 1889 issue of The Christian Science Journal

The work of Christian Science was begun in Buffalo in 1887, and has shown a steady growth from the beginning.

It commenced with a series of public meetings which came to be known as "Parlor Talks." As the work of healing accompanying the preaching progressed, its theology was established with "signs following." This prepared the way for class instruction, and classes were formed and taught from time to time.

The weekly "talks" consisted of brief, simple statements of the Principles of Christian Science, — of its power in healing, when understood, and the spiritual uplifting which accompanies the understanding of Truth. These meetings began with a very small attendance — five to seven — but gradually increased until the parlors were filled, although this city, like every other, seemed to present an adamantine wall to defy its healing messengers.

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